HIGH RISE

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released November 27, 2015

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Kirsten McClure is a full-time London Underground busker who has just completed her first studio album with Grammy-winning producer Matt Lawrence. Her songs are instantly appealing and have held many commuters entranced for an entire set in London’s busy subterrane. ... more

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Track Name: Diamond Rain
DIAMOND RAIN

When the light from my eyes is gone, will you know me, will you know me?
And our hearts start to beat as one, will you show me, will you show me?
How to stare all those daggers down, getting closer, getting closer
Til our love hardly makes a sound
Will you own me, will you own me?

A feather of time from the arrows wing
Falls to the ground with a steady swing
Scratching new lines with your broken arms
Burst through the clouds with a bomber’s charms

I feel the beat of the diamond rain
Cutting through my heart again
Making it’s way into my soul
What you want from me I don’t know
I feel the beat of the diamond rain
Cutting through my heart again
Making it’s way into my soul
What you want from me I don’t know

If the pull from the crowd’s too strong, will you hold me, will you hold me?
And the world crashes round a song; will you show me, can you show me?
That I’m not just another one, like the others, there’s been others
And their voices go on and on, talking to me, walking through me

If the fight’s going on too long, and there’s no bell there to save me
And my hearts beating time all wrong, hold me close and break it gently
Devastate and I’ll come back strong, let me loose I’ll find my way now
And I’ll ricochet on and on,
do you own me, do you own me?
Track Name: One Foot Blue
ONE FOOT BLUE

Can you hear me, over there
The roof-top looms just like it’s Everest
Did the storm wake you too
Your eyes are open, but you don’t move

Can you hear me, through the rain
Put that needle in the groove and start again
If I sleep now, I’ll never wake
Watch the sunrise through my veins

The only way I could be with you is if I give back everything
There’s a war to be won if I could justgive up giving in
Can you hear me call your name
Can you see me fade away
And the sky above me shatters like a shell
That we found on the beach
In the place where we meet

You are noble to the bone
You’d never leave me here to rot alone
As the sun rolls through the years
Hungry seasons reappear
They are savage, old and wild
Come to sing the last post to a dying fire
In the sand a lonely shoe
One foot’s broken, one foot’s blue

A shadow on the sand
I’ll hold the sea with my hand
And the sun blinks into your eyes
As you rise like a phoenix to the beat
Of the seven waves that never let me sleep
Track Name: Shannon
SHANNON

Sky of rain shield, the ancient star is calling me
She speaks her code, that shatters through my soul
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness

Through the darkness, past the point of no return
I’ll give you love, I’ll wash away your fear
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness

And when I’m with you I feel her silent breath
Her chaos brings me rest, keeps my resolve
And my words dissolve into the atmosphere
There’s nothing growing here, without you

Let the starlight guide you through the fen to me
I’ll wait for you by the broken bridge
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness

I’ll surrender to her tide when I return
From the saffron sky across your frozen sea
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness
I will bring the mountains to your feet, bring you through my wilderness
Track Name: Back On The Road
BACK ON THE ROAD

Back on the road
Letting the perspective take the load
Squinting at the sun
You hold the road just like a gun
And there’s no going back
Your bridges burned your fuses blown
And your tired of all that
Reach for the horizon on your own

You came too far, got out of the car,
this time you know
you can’t admit defeat again
You give you take, you love and you hate,
hold your head high
you’ll get back on your feet again
There’s only one direction you know
You can’t escape but your free to go

And when your buried at sea
And the fish and waves
pick your bones clean
Ocean reads your life
From the book she
tears the pages free
Now there’s only a spine
Where the love and wisdom used to be
Dancing with the tide
You look to the moon for company

Ooo when your eyes shut slowly
you’ll float away
With a paisley sail
you’ll conquer the world
You’ll take her hand in yours
down on the chamomile
She’ll look at you and smile
Like a queen…
Track Name: Before I Fall
BEFORE I FALL

The sun floats down to the river’s edge,
And the leaves are all clapping
up above my head,
The stones make me slip but I won’t get wet,
And I know that the pike hasn’t seen me yet

I’m a long long way behind you,
but I’ve never been out this far
And the sound of the river running,
is the sound of a breaking heart
La la la la la-la-la-la la la
La la la la la-la-la-la la la
Make me strong, before I fall

I’m holding a branch as I make my way
But there’s not much left I don’t think it’s safe
It snaps from my hand but my balance stays
My hands turn to wings and I fly away

I see your face on the river bead
I can hear your voice as the rapids spread
I feel your love as the river turns red
And I know that I’m not ready yet
Track Name: The Last Relay
THE LAST RELAY

Take me home
Warm and bright
you part the crowd like a comb
Heading north
Up the street
where the brotherhood was born
Sister’s still feeling bleak
Babel kisses find tongue in cheek
Bottle rolls between our feet
I wonder if your light’s still on
I been thinking of you all day long
How the walls are crumbling down
Windows steam
Like a cloud that’s holding in a scream
Broken sleep
Hit the curb then fall back in a heap
My neighbour’s sweet face has slipped
Out of another relationship
The angry monarch’s looking down
I wonder if your light’s still on
I’ve been thinking of you all day long
Everything’s changing in this town

The grand dames do Grimaldi’s dance
Staggering heals
scatter feet like chance
Angel sighs through the London plane
I tune in to another song
One I’ve been dreaming
All my life long
Dream as sweet as blossom breeze

I need you, like the morning
needs the sun I need you
I want you, I can feel it in my cells I want you
If nothing’s all I can have
It’s better than something that
I never wanted anyway
If nothing’s all I can have
I’m going to have to live without
But I will find my last relay
Track Name: In These Walls
IN THESE WALLS

I’m coming around to the world outside my window
They’re taking it down and I know the view will change
And the sound of another prisoner’s call
Falls like a leaf
With what’s hidden in these walls
It’s been a long time but the
dust has started settling
I’m writing my name in it’s
skin, and every day it grows thicker, like the branches of the ash
That hide my face
In the safety of these walls

There’s something that you used to tell me
That time can kill where patience fails
You told me not to be a stranger
I was and the wind fell from my sails

The corners won’t hold
the glass that makes my window
It’s melting away
into the cracks made by the wind
And the river at the bottom of the stairs
Calls out my name
As I sink within these walls

I’m turning away
from the world outside my window
I’ll no longer stay
with these castings from the war
And the door now opens out instead of in
And as I leave
I hear you singing in these walls
Track Name: Love's A Habit
LOVE’S A HABIT

December’s on the corner, arches her back like a sail
Cracked pavements make her taller,
arms wind round an iron rail
Looking younger than she feels,
she tastes the weather falling
Breaks the gutter with her heals,
she’ll wait for him till morning,
yeahyeahyeah, and she said:

Love’s a habit I can’t break, I give more
than I can take, hmm… and she said
Love’s a habit I can’t break, I give more
than I can take, hmm… and she said

She’s causing a distraction, as he
makes his way round closing time
Cos it’s key to her attraction,
that he sends a shiver down her spine
It hit her straight between the eyes,
she never saw it coming
Cut the ribbon with her knife,
she’s getting tired of running,
yeahyeahyeah, and she said

December’s in the corner,
blue lights flash across her skin
Somebody’s trying to call her,
doesn’t have the strength to let them in
It won’t take them long to find,
it’s not her blood that’s pouring
And she wishes love was blind, couldn’t
stand to see him fallen,
yeahyeahyeah, and she said…
Track Name: High Rise
HIGH RISE

High rise in the afternoon
White sheets wrapped in our cocoon
High enough to feel the concrete sway
Got no reason to presume
Heart as heavy as the moon
Satellite around you every day

Skylark raises the alarm
I lie in your open arms
Close enough to feel your change of heart
You tried to keep me safe from harm
But now you ran out of charm
And you say it was better at the start
I’d stay forever if I could
It’s late and I misunderstood
I misunderstood

Skylark blazes through the dawn
I’ll chase him until I’m worn
Forever trying to find his broken song
Twice shy it’s not hard to do
And I think I always knew
My mother said it’s better to be strong
Track Name: Secret Garden
SECRET GARDEN

Come into my secret garden
Shelter from the storm
Wear your honeysuckle crown
There’s no need to grow old
Down we go, into the undergrowth
Heaven is my home
It’s where I want to be
He’s waiting there for me

I’m not afraid of what I’m trading
Now the seeds are sewn
The thistle wrapped around your feet
Reminds me how you’ve grown
Down we go
Into the undergrowth
Heaven is my home
It’s where I want to be
He’s waiting there for me

The raven and the hummingbird
Will weave your ragged hair
The mirror pond won’t ripple as you
Wade to your repair
Down we go
Into the undergrowth
Heaven is our home
It’s where I want to be
He’s waiting there for me
Sewing up the seams
Track Name: Come Back To Me
COME BACK TO ME NOW

It’s been too long now, I’ve waited for you
I never thought that you could see it through
I look for the signs in the sky above
I only find your love
Waiting for me by the road
It’s been five years now,
I’ve thought of you every day
Never thought you’d do that to me, fly away
And the sun shines brighter
when I think you’re still here
The world turns and you disappear

Come back to me now
I need your loving
I want you in my arms
One more embrace now
Till the end of time I
Want you in my arms
Take the needle from your palm

The pieces shatter, then fall back in place.
It’s not the same but it works anyway.
And the sun shines brighter
when I think you’re still here
Then it goes and you disappear

Come back to me now
I need your loving
I want you in my arms
One more embrace now
Till the end of time I
Want you in my arms
Take the needle from your palm